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WHO sets risk of COVID 19 spread and risk to ‘very high’ as Nigeria reports its’s first case

World Health Organisation (WHO) officials announced that they would set their assessment of risk of the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus to “very high,” during a press conference in Geneva on Friday.

“Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,” said the Director general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“What we see at the moment are linked epidemics of COVID-19 in several countries, but most cases can still be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases. We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that’s the case we still have a chance of containing this virus, if robust action is taken to detect cases early, isolate and care for patients and trace contacts,” he explained.

According to figures released by Tedros, China has reported 78,959 cases of COVID-19 in the country with a total of 4,351 other cases registered in 49 different countries.